Canada's First Lady Black Belt
Margitte Hilbig is a martial arts master
based in Edmonton, Canada. In 1964, she
became the first woman in Canada to
earn the rank of black belt in karate. She was also one of the
first female tournament fighters in North America, almost always
battling men twice her size. She has more than 40 years of training
and teaching in various systems, including American kenpo karate
(under late Grandmaster Ed Parker), hung gar, Shaolin tiger kung
fu, white crane kung fu, wing chun and judo. In 1995, she was
bestowed the rank of master by Grandmaster Stan Lee. Later that
year, she was inducted into the Alberta Martial Arts Hall of Fame
in Canada. Today, she teaches both civilians and cops at the Edmonton
Police Service headquarters.
In addition to her martial arts accomplishments,
Master Hilbig has twice successfully fought
off breast cancer, survived World War II
as an orphan and received a YWCA Women
of Distinction Award nomination in the
athletics, recreation and fitness category.
She has chronicled her amazing life in "Walking
a Tiger's Path: The Story of Canada's First
Female Karate Black Belt."
information about the book or Master
Hilbig, go to www.patrickvuong.com/walking.html.